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Midlands schools celebrate improved GCSE results

19/10/2009 Joanna
Schools in the Midlands are celebrating after new government figures revealed a marked improvement in GCSE results.

The proportion of Birmingham 16-year-olds achieving the official benchmark of five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C reached a new high of 72 per cent, a rise from 66.6 per cent last year.

It beats the national average for pupils across England, which currently stands at 69.7 per cent, indicating a rise of 4.4 per cent.

Commenting on the results, Tony Howell, the city's strategic director for children, schools and families, told the Birmingham Mail: "This is a real success story. We have consistently improved our performance year-in-year out.

"For a city of the size and complexity to now be performing above the national average is a remarkable achievement."

Written by Alan Douglas

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